Local groups and individuals were among the prize-winners at the Angus Ambassador Awards’ presentation on Friday evening.
The 2013 Angus Ambassador of the Year is John Paterson, chief executive of Montrose Port Authority.
The Angus Ambassador Awards judges, made up of Angus industry leaders, recognised John’s strong leadership and commercial dynamism which led to the transformation and investment of a once declining port into a successful centre for international trade, and distribution throughout Scotland and Northern England.
Among the local winners was cattle breeder James Arnott whose Coul Angus won the International Angus Award.
James, of Mains of Coul near Kirriemuir, has a world championship Aberdeen-Angus herd. He encourages the expansion of Angus cattle herds around the world, and thanks to his efforts ‘The Coul Bull’ brand is becoming established in Canada.
Highly Commended in the International category was Caletech International Ltd based in Forfar. It is a leading provider of business and management technology software solutions with a client base stretching across Scotland, UK, Europe, North America and Australia.
The Drovers Inn, Memus was Highly Commended in the ‒Business Angus Award. The restaurant and pub offers contemporary Scottish fine dining. Despite the challenges of building a business in a rural location, it is well known for its delicious food sourced from local specialist producers and suppliers showcased through regular food festivals and events.
In the Community Angus Award, the Strathmore Christian Fellowship, an independent local church whose volunteers operate a café called Bridges in the centre of Kirriemuir, the Angus Foodbank and large community events, including a fun day, was Highly Commended.
Also Highly Commended in the same category was Angus Young Engineers, a charity led by Bob Baldie providing a recreational facility for young people to participate in socially enterprising activities, advance youth education through engagement in science, technology, engineering and maths-based activities and to promote responsible citizenship and a sense of community.
Jessica Baillie ‒from Letham was Highly Commended in the Youth Angus Award. Jessica has been a Highland Dancer since the age of five, and is the only dancer to have won both the Scottish National Championship and the Scottish Championships four years running. Jessica will compete in the World Championships in 2014 for the first time.